How can I tell if Im losing weight?

A: If your scales suggest that you are losing weight even though your health indicators indicate the opposite, please let a health care provider know. Your weight status will be evaluated based on your weight and the indicators of your health. When weight loss is not possible, your doctor may order an imaging test to check your body for abnormalities such as a lump, abscess, a tumor, a cyst, or lymphangiosarcoma (a tumor that forms around the end of your neck). If these abnormalities are found, your doctor may order further testing.

Q: What is a thyroid disorder?

A: Thyroid disease (including hyperthyroidism) is a condition that causes a buildup of potassium in your body. Most people with hyperthyroidism stop taking certain medications to control the condition because they are not effective enough and it can take months or years to get normal results. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medication.

Q: What about blood pressure?

A: Blood pressure is measured by using a cuff to measure your reading with a medical device called a statoscope. The cuff is attached to your arm. The device will be placed just below the nipple. After being placed, the cuff should be pulled to bring the reading up to target. If the reading does not reach the target, the cuff may need to be changed.

Q: What are the symptoms of an elevated cholesterol level?

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A: An elevated cholesterol level causes the heart to pump more blood through your body and your body converts more cholesterol into triglycerides (fat) which can lead to heart disease. The most commonly affected lipoproteins are LDL, or bad cholesterol. LDL is a protein that is made up of five pieces called heterocyclic amines. The higher the amount of LDL particles they have, the higher the risk of heart disease. Elevated levels of LDL are usually treated with a statin or blood-thinning medication. However, other abnormal lipid markers, such as LDLp (bad cholesterol particle) and apolipoprotein (A1-42) can be found with this method. Therefore, it may be beneficial to seek care at your healthcare provider for these abnormal numbers or risk factors that may be related to heart disease.

Q: What is an excess low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL, the bad cholesterol cholesterol)?

A: An excess low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL, or bad cholesterol) is a type of cholesterol that